Why Keith Richards moans that cigarettes are harder to quit than heroin

Rock star Keith Richards says that he is finding cigarettes harder to give up than heroin.

The Rolling Stone, 75, said: “Quitting heroin is like hell, but it’s a short hell. Cigarettes are just always there, and you’ve always done it. I just pick ‘em up and light ‘em up without thinking about it.”

In an interview with Mojo magazine, the hell-raising guitarist said he was also drinking less.

He said: “I have a little wine with meals, and a beer or two, but otherwise… Mind you, if you say, ‘Do you want a drink?’ I wouldn’t turn it down. I’m not a puritan.”

Keith, married to Patti Hansen, 62, also admitted he does not own a mobile phone because he’s “pretty ­technically illiterate”.

It comes as Sir Mick Jagger appears to be mellowing too – and is working on a Rolling Stones ballet with his girlfriend.

The singer, 75, is curating the music for a production written and choreographed by ballerina Melanie Hamrick, the mum of his two-year-old son Deveraux.

A source said she had taken time off from the New York-based American Ballet Theatre to focus on the project, “an original piece set to Rolling Stones music, edited by Mick Jagger, with selections from You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Paint It Black and She’s a Rainbow”.

The ballet, which is Melanie’s first, will premiere at the Mariinsky International Ballet Festival in St Petersburg, Russia, in March.

It will transfer to the Lincoln Center in New York the following month.

Sir Mick and the rest of the Stones will begin their 2019 No Filter tour across America soon after.

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